The Ricoh WG-80 is an Ultra-Rugged Point-and-Shoot with Built-in Lights


Ricoh WG-80

Ricoh Imaging has introduced the WG-80, a point-and-shoot model digicam that encompasses a rugged exterior and a built-in macro mild that has been optimized for picture seize in excessive circumstances.

Super-Rugged Build

The essential promoting level of the WG-80, the successor to the now discontinued WG-70, is its heavy-duty construct. The digicam is designed to shoot as deep as 46-feet underwater for as much as two hours of steady operation — that is equal to an IPX 8 ranking for JIS Class 8. Not solely is it adept at underwater pictures, but it surely is additionally shockproof towards falls from a top of as much as 5 ft (examined on thick plywood), is dust-proof with an IPX 6 or JIS Class 6 ranking, is freeze-proof to temperatures as little as -10 levels Celcius (14-degrees Fahrenheit), and is crush-proof towards weights as much as 100 kilograms of drive.

Ricoh says that due to this array of safety towards among the harshest environments, it performs fantastically even in probably the most demanding outside circumstances.

Ricoh WG-80

On that word, the WG-80 additionally has a devoted underwater taking pictures mode. The Underwater and Underwater Movie modes are programmed to optimize coloration and distinction based mostly on the information of photographs captured beneath the water. Ricoh says these modes ship sharp, true-to-life photographs by enhancing shades of crimson which might be sometimes misplaced in underwater pictures. At the identical time, the corporate claims the modes successfully compensate for the lack of distinction attributable to the diffusion of sunshine in water. In the Underwater mode, the Flash Off + Flash On possibility permits the person to consecutively seize two photographs with a single shutter launch — one with out flash and one other with flash.

Ricoh WG-80

On the again of the digicam is a 2.7-inch LCD monitor with roughly 230,000 dots. It has an anti-reflection coating to attenuate glare and reflections open air and likewise has an Outdoor View Setting mode that units the optimum monitor brightness for present lighting circumstances.

16-Megapixels, however no 4K

The Ricoh WG-80 encompasses a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that the corporate says coupled with its high-performance imaging engine assures glorious low-light efficiency and may shoot as excessive as ISO 6,400. The digicam additionally has what Ricoh claims are superior picture processing features to guarantee sharp and clear photographs.

For low-light pictures, the WG-80 features a function referred to as Handheld Night Snap mode, which mechanically captures a number of photographs of the identical nighttime scene and produces a single, blur-free composite picture from them.

Ricoh WG-80

Unfortunately, the digicam is capped at Full HD video seize and can’t shoot in 4K. Overall, its video options are fairly bare-bones: it will possibly shoot in H.264 at a body fee of 30 frames per second. It does additionally embrace a high-speed perform, however that footage is capped at 720p and Ricoh didn’t specify what number of frames per second it will possibly seize. The lack of 4K does make a bit extra sense contemplating that Ricoh is advertising the WG-80 to each outside adventurers and to be used on industrial websites the place that type of decision can be thought-about overkill.

Ricoh WG-80

In entrance of that sensor is a 5x optical zoom lens. The 28-140mm f/3.5-f/5.5 (equal in comparison with a 35mm format digicam) lens additionally has a macro mode that is designed to seize close-ups with a minimal focusing distance of 1 centimeter.

Ricoh WG-80

To help in macro seize, the WB-80 additionally has six built-in macro lights with numerous features. They are positioned across the circumference of the lens barrel and Ricoh says they supply vivid, uniform mild illumination of a topic when the Digital Microscope mode is chosen. The firm says it gives lighting depth that is nearly twice that of its predecessor and a five-step depth adjustment function could be tuned to optimize output relying on the scenario.

In order to attenuate digicam shake and topic shake, the Instant Illumination Enhance perform permits for using the next shutter pace by mechanically elevating the discharge degree of the Macro Lights for the time being of shutter launch. The Macro Lights even have a Self-Portrait Assist mode, which makes use of the blink of an LED lamp to examine if the topic’s face has been safely captured throughout the image body, and the LED Lighting mode, which makes use of the Macro Lights as a flashlight in the dead of night.

Ricoh WG-80

Autofocus permits for each pet and face detection, the latter which permits it to seize as many as 32 faces in focus in roughly 0.03 seconds. A “Smile Capture” function will mechanically fireplace the shutter when a smile is detected.

Pricing and Availability

The Ricoh WG-80 can be out there in mid-June for $330.


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